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At A Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d'été en musique students, faculty and community collaborate in an environment committed to excellence in teaching and performance.

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Watch for details about our 13th Festival to be held in Summer 2018

2017 Festival Photos taken by Al Romito

Welcome! The 2017 Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d'été en musique Music School and Festival was held from July 28 to August 6. It was our 12th season of making music in the Eastern Townships of rural Quebec.

The festival took place at the junction of the Beauce and Eastern Townships region of Quebec, approximately 1½ hour drive south from Quebec City, 1½ hour drive northeast from Sherbrook and a 1½ hour drive north from the Maine border crossing. Events were held in the villages of Lambton, Saint-Simon-les-Mines, Stratford, Lac-Mégantic, Ville de Saint-Georges de Beauce, Marston and Stornoway. (Map of the area.)

In addition to the concerts, Festival participants took part in classes such as guitar ensemble, string ensemble and chorus, and master classes with faculty and guest artists. Private instruction was offered in voice, all strings, classical guitar, electric guitar and piano.

The highly successful Vocal and Instrumental Programs again brought together students from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Participants were featured in concerts of opera scenes and arias; chamber music; music for solo piano; music from Italy, Spain and England, and the Festival Chorus. The programs' daily schedules included lessons, coaching, master classes, repertoire classes and ensemble rehearsals.

The festival also included a series of Open Programs open to all ages and levels.

This year the Festival Chorus, conducted by LeAnn Overton, performed selections from Charles Gounod's Messe solennelle en l'honneur de Sainte-Cécile (St. Cecilia Mass) and several Candian folk songs. In addition, Festival Chorus participants from the community participated in a voice workshop designed especially for them.

Guest artists in 2017 included world-renowned pianist Jeffrey Marcus, acclaimed Chinese pipa virtuoso Liu Fang and recordist Jeffrey Wahl.

Please continue to visit these pages for details about the 13th Midsummer Music Dream Music School & Festival to be held in Summer 2018.

Listen to a CBC report about the 2011 Festival.

Midsummer Music Dream Music School & Festival
Harris Becker, Artistic Director
Christina Montalto, Festival Coordinator

Board of Directors
Harris Becker, President
Christina Montalto, Vice President
Michel Laflamme, Vice President
Line Blais, Secretary
Celyne Bellegarde, Treasurer

Great News!! The Festival has been granted charitable status. If you would like to make a donation we will be pleased to send you a receipt with our charitable status number.
Congratulations to Festival participant Matthew Goodheart for being awarded 2nd place in the Classical High School Division of the 2017 CS Vocal Competition. The performance video he submitted to the competition was recorded during a recent Festival at Église St-Vital in Lambton. View Matthew's performance.
Twelve Concerts ➡
Open Programs ➡
  1. Children's Choir
  2. Rock Ensemble
  3. Chamber Ensemble
  4. Lessons in Classical & Electric Guitar, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Piano, Voice
  5. Festival Chorus
  6. Community Voice Workshops
Vocal Program ➡
  1. Voice Lessons
  2. Coachings
  3. Master Classes
  4. Opera and Song Performance
  5. Festival Chorus
  6. Chamber Ensembles
Instrumental Program ➡
  1. Performance Classes
  2. Chamber Ensembles
  3. Baroque String Ensemble
  4. Lessons in Classical & Electric Guitar, Modern & Baroque Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano
  5. Guitar Ensemble
  6. Guitar Technique
  7. Accompanying

Here is what students are saying about our programs:

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A Midsummer Music Dream is now a non-profit organization in Quebec
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